Psalm 137

By the rivers of Babylon(A) we sat and wept(B)
    when we remembered Zion.(C)

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The earth dries up(A) and withers,(B)
    the world languishes and withers,
    the heavens(C) languish with the earth.(D)

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The new wine dries up(A) and the vine withers;(B)
    all the merrymakers groan.(C)

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Yet I will besiege Ariel;(A)
    she will mourn and lament,(B)
    she will be to me like an altar hearth.[a](C)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 29:2 The Hebrew for altar hearth sounds like the Hebrew for Ariel.

The land dries up(A) and wastes away,
    Lebanon(B) is ashamed and withers;(C)
Sharon(D) is like the Arabah,
    and Bashan(E) and Carmel(F) drop their leaves.

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28 Therefore the earth will mourn(A)
    and the heavens above grow dark,(B)
because I have spoken and will not relent,(C)
    I have decided and will not turn back.(D)

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“Judah mourns,(A)
    her cities languish;
they wail for the land,
    and a cry goes up from Jerusalem.

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